Francesco Trebbi

Francesco Trebbi
Vancouver School of Economics
tel: 604.822.9932
fax: 604.822.5915
ftrebbi@mail.ubc.ca

Courses

 
Winter 2019
  • Econ 544 Political Economy, Institutions, and Business
  • Contents:
    This is a graduate level course in political economics. It focuses on a broad class of potential interactions between political and economic actors. We do not confine our analysis only to the context of economically developed countries and consolidated democracies, but we also explore more broadly autocratic regimes, failed states, and emerging economies. The emphasis of the course will be on theory-to-data methodologies, which will include both structural form analysis and reduced form. In all circumstances, we corroborate the analytical framework with real-world applications, ranging from the United States' historical experience to cross-country comparisons, to develop insight in interpreting fundamental politico-economic constraints. The course aims at displaying the broader appeal of Political Economics across other economic disciplines. Speaking to the political economy of Development, topics and cases cover the analysis of economic and political institutions, regime and party organization in autocracies, electoral pathologies, patronage politics and conflict. Speaking to Public Economics more narrowly construed, we also cover political behavior, economic policy making, money in politics, lobbying and special interest activity, regulation and antitrust, activism and media.
    Materials:
    Lecture notes and reading material will be distributed in class.
     
    Winter 2019
  • Econ 309 Intermediate Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Contents:
    The course provides the student with an introduction to macroeconomics. A first aim is to develop the basic analytical tools for understanding macroeconomic fundamentals, both in the short-run dimension (the business cycle) and in the long-run dimension (the trend). We will focus on the aggregate behavior of consumers and producers, the role of expectations in the economy, the dynamics of prices and unemployment, the consequences of different fiscal and monetary policies. A second aim is to corroborate the analytical framework with real-world applications, ranging from the United States' historical experience to cross-country comparisons, to develop insight in interpreting the 2008-09 financial crisis.
    Materials:
    Abel and Bernanke, Macroeconomics. There will also be supplementary readings and occasional handouts from the business press. In addition, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist or an equivalent source of current economic news is highly recommended.

     
     
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